Google Street View Amazon update, locals get involved

By Posted 23 Aug 2011, 10:35

Google Street View has had its share of bad publicity over the years, as locals have not been happy with having their privacy invaded. However, this will not be an issue with the latest update of content, as the Amazon will soon start to appear on Google’s map service. Believe it or not the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation invited the Street View team, as they hope that it will increase awareness of this beautiful region of the world.

The team will have to use either boat or their new trikes with cameras mounted on them. What makes this partnership even more special is how locals will be getting involved. This means that not only will we be able to see never before seen images of the Amazon, but also some of the local communities who seem more than happy to be seen by the world.

Google Blog says that by teaching locals how to use these cameras and the machines that they are mounted on will allow them to be seen by a world that are unaware of how they live. It is things like this that makes us happy that Street View exists; we cannot wait for the first images of the Amazon to start appearing on Google’s map and image service.

The first stage is to take images of 50km of the Rio Negro River; Google will then take the images and then stitch them together to form a 360-degree view. It is not known how long such a task will take, but it will be the first time that those who have never experienced the beauty of the Amazon to get closer than they ever have before.

One thing is certain; your geography project will never be the same again – just imagine what you will now be able to achieve thanks to Google and its controversial Street View service.